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Asustek accused of patent infringement at US trade body

Staff Writer, with CNA

Asustek Computer Inc (華碩), one of the world’s leading personal computer vendors, said yesterday that it expects no material impact on its sales and finances from a patent infringement suit brought by US-based Marino and Grillo LLC.

Asustek said its lawyers have stepped up efforts to investigate the case in a bid to obtain a better understanding about the litigation.

The comments came after Marino and Grillo filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) late last week, accusing Asustek of stealing its technology used in certain consumer electronics devices, including mobile phones and tablet computers.

In the complaint, Marino and Grillo accused Asustek and its US unit, Asus Computer International Inc, as well as Samsung Electronics Co and Pantech Co of South Korea of patent infringement.

The ITC will vote to decide whether to launch an investigation into the alleged infringement and assign one of its six commissioners to hold a hearing.

The complaint alleges that the respondents violated Section 337 of the US Tariff Act of 1930 in importation and sales of certain consumer electronics products in the US market.

If the investigation finds any violation of Marino and Grillo’s intellectual property by Asustek and the other respondents, the trade body will issue remedial orders.

The most severe punishment for Asustek and the others would be a ban on imports and sales of related products in the US market.

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